Kaitlyn Faries

Kaitlyn Faries

Graduate Student
351 Louderman
Educational Background



Kaitlyn received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the Univeristy of Missouri in 2008. Kaitlyn joined the Holten lab in 2010 as a research technician and in 2013 recieved a NSF graduate fellowship and Olin Fellowship to continue in the Holten lab as a Chemistry graduate student.

Research Interests



Kaitlyn's research is centered around understanding the fundamental processes that govern electron transfer in the reaction center in purple bacteria and in synthetic chlorophyll compounds. It is her goal to apply that knowledge to semi-synthetic light-harvesting systems for use in solar cell applications.




  1. Grayson, K.J.; Faries, K.M.; Huang, X.; Qian, P.; Dilbeck, P.; Martin, E.C.; Hitchcock, A.; Vasilev, C.; Yuen, J.M.; Niedwiedzki, D.M.; Leggett, G.J.; Holten, D.; Kirmaier, C.; Hunter, C.N. (2016) Augmenting light coverage for photosynthesis through YFP-enhanced charge separation at the Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centre. Nature Communications (accepted).
  2. Dylla, N.P.; Faries, K.M.; Wyllie, R.M.; Swenson, A.M.; Hanson, D.K.; Holten, D.; Kirmaier, C.; Laible, P.D. (2016) Species differences in unlocking B-side electron transfer in bacterial reaction centers. FEBS Letters, 590, 2515-2526.
  3. Faries, K.M.; Kressel, L. L.; Dylla, N.P.; Wander, M.J.; Hanson, D.K.; Holten, D.; Laible, P.D.; Kirmaier, C. (2016) Optimizing multi-step B-side charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter capsulatus. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Bioenergetics, 1857, 150-159.
  4. Lough, A.N.; Faries, K.M.; Koo, D.; Hussain, A.; Roark, L.M.; Langewisch, T.L.; Backes, T.; Kremling, K.A.G.; Jiang, J.; Birchler, J.A.; Newton, K.J. (2015) Cytogenetic and sequence analyses of mitochondrial DNA insertions in nuclear chromosomes of maize. G3, 5, 2229-2239.
  5. Faries, K.M.; Diers, J.R.; Springer, J.W.; Yang, E.; Ptaszek, M.; Lahaye, D.; Krayer, M.; Taniguchi, M.; Kirmaier, C.; Lindsey, J.S.; Bocian, D.F.; Holten, D. (2015) Photophysical properties and electronic structure of chlorin-imides: bridging the gap between chlorins and bacteriochlorins. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, 7503-7515.
  6. Saggu, M.; Carter, B.; Zhou, X.; Faries, K.; Cegelski, L.; Holten, D.; Boxer, S.G.; Kirmaier, C. (2014) Putative hydrogen bond to tyrosine M208 in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter capsulatus significantly slow primary charge separation. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 118, 6721-6732.
  7. Kressel, L.; Faries, K.M.; Wander, M.J.; Zogzas, C.E.; Mejdrich, R.J.; Hanson, D.K.; Holten, D.; Laible, P.D.; Kirmaier, C. (2014) High yield of secondary B-side electron transfer in mutant Rhodobacter capsulatus reaction centers. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1837, 1892-1903.
  8. Harris, M.A.; Leuhr, C.A.; Faries, K. M.; Wander, M.; Kressel, L.; Holten, D.; Hanson, D.K.; Laible, P.D.; Kirmaier, C. (2013) Protein Influence on Charge-Asymmetry of the Primary Donor in Photosynthetic Bacterial Reaction Centers Containing a Heterodimer: Effects on Photophysical Properties and Electron Transfer. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117, 4028-4041.
  9. Faries, K. M.; Kristensen,T.V.; Beringer, J.; Clark, J.D.; White Jr., D.; Eggert, L.S. (2013) Genetic structure of black bears in the interior highlands of North America and origins of Missouri populations. Journal of Mammalogy 94, 369-377.
  10. Faries, K. M.; Kressel, L.L.; Wander, M.J.; Holten, D.; Laible, P.D.; Kirmaier, C.; Hanson, D.K. (2012) High-throughput engineering to revitalize a vestigial electron transfer pathway in bacterial photosynthetic reaction centers. Journal of Biological Chemistry 287, 8507-8514.
  11. Springer, J.W.; Faries, K.M.; Diers, J.R.; Muthiah, C.; Mass, O.; Kee, H.L.; Kirmaier, C.; Lindsey, J.S.; Bocian, D.F.; Holten, D. (2012) Effects of substituents on synthetic analogs of chlorophylls. Part 3: The distinctive impact of auxochromes at the 7- versus 3-positions. Photochemistry and Photobiology 88, 651-674.
  12. Mass, O.; Taniguchi, M.; Ptaszek, M.; Springer, J.W.; Faries, K.M.; Diers, J.R.; Bocian, D.F.; Holten, D.; Lindsey, J.S. (2011) Structural characteristics that make chlorophylls green: interplay of hydrocarbon skeleton and substituents. New Journal of Chemistry 35, 76-88.
  13. Kristensen, T.V.; Faries, K.M.; White Jr., D.; Eggert, L.S. (2011) Optimized methods for multiplex genotyping analysis of hair samples for American Black Bears (Ursus americanus). Wildlife Biology in Practice 7, 123-128.
  14. Crowhurst, R.; Faries, K.; Briggler, J.; Koppelman, J.; Eggert, L. (2011) Genetic relationships of hellbenders in the Ozark highlands of Missouri and conservation implications for the Ozark subspecies (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi). Conservation Genetics 12, 637-646.
  15. Johnson, J.; Faries, K.; Rabenold, J.; Crowhurst, R.; Briggler, J.; Koppelman, J.; Eggert, L. (2009) Polymorphic microsatellite loci for studies of the Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishop). Conservation Genetics 10, 1795-1797.
  16. Siripunkaw, C.; Kongrit, C.; Faries, K.; Monello, R.; Gompper, M.; Eggert, L.S. (2008) Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the raccoon (Procyon lotor). Molecular Ecology Notes 8, 199-201.